Monochrome Monday… Quando, quando, quando*

East Mill, BelperEast Mill, Belper
Camera unrecorded – Ilford FP4 Plus

The ease with which I can digitise negatives using the excellent pixl-latr has encouraged me to delve into the pit that is my unlabled/unprinted negative folder(s) to try and make some sense of it all…

It’s not going well…

Take the roll this image is from. I’ve no clue as to when any of the 35 frames were exposed. None. I can’t even hazard a guess as to the year!

Is this sort of shambles common in other photographers?

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

* Engelbert Humperdinck singing “tell me quando, quando, quando” sounded quite exotic to me as a youngster… “tell me when, when, when” sounds much less so…

Single frame… ‘When the red, red robin comes bob-bob bobbin’ along…’

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Nikon D5500, Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD at 300mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 140

I’m not really a ‘twitcher’ (although I have just joined the RSPB) but photographing birds whilst out and about is proving to be very enjoyable and the acquisition of a Tamron SP 70-300mm lens for my wife’s Nikon D5500 has made doing so much easier…

Granted, so far a lot of my images are of Robins (Erithacus rubecula) but the UK’s favourite bird is incredibly numerous and not at all shy, making the capturing of images a breeze!

Monochrome Monday… Doggy Drinks Station

Doggy Drinks StationDoggy Drinks Station
Nikon FA, NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8P, 1/125s, f11; – Lomography Lady Grey rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 9 mins at 20°c.

An image from what’s likely to be my last roll of Lomography Lady Grey film… Don’t get me wrong, it’s a film I like a lot but it seems to have increased in price lately to the point where I might as well buy (my preferred) Ilford HP5 Plus!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Carr Wood, January 2021

Carr Wood, January 2021Carr Wood, January 2021
Minolta X-700, MC W.ROKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/60s, f4 – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 9 mins at 20°c.

Another shot from the (correctly) repaired Minolta X-700, this time using a lens I’ve had squirelled away for a while. The MC W.ROKKOR 28mm f/2.8 was one of a pair of Minolta lenses found in a charity shop a couple of years ago for a measly £10 (the other is a MC ROKKOR-PF 50mm f/2) and it’s finally getting used!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… To err is human…

Chevrolet 3100 truckChevrolet 3100 truck
Minolta X-700, MD ZOOM 35-70mm f/3.5 at 70mm, 1/60s, f8, – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 9 mins at 20°c.

All photographers make mistakes.

Over the years I’ve made plenty but this is a new one for me… A couple of years ago I acquired a Minolta X-700 that was missing its focusing screen and just before Christmas I finally got hold of, and fitted, a replacement.

All seemed to be going swimmingly until I took the camera out of my bag and before putting it to my eye noticed the focusing ring was set to infinity… so why was my (distant) subject totally out of focus? I twiddled the focusing ring, my subject sharpened but now the lens was set to its minimum focusing distance, something was definitely wrong!

I eventually worked out I’d fitted the new screen upside down! 🙄

Two minutes with a pair of tweezers and we were back in business! 😊

Carr Wood, January 2021Carr Wood, January 2021
Minolta X-700, MD ZOOM 35-70mm f/3.5 at 70mm, 1/60s, f8; – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 9 mins at 20°c.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Gate hinge, September 2020

Gate hinge, September 2020Gate hinge, September 2020
Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5, 1/60s, f5.6; – Kentmere Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10½ mins at 20°c.

Another pic from my recently repaired Olympus OM-2N.

The Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5 lens I received as a 50th birthday gift in March 2020 is definitely my ‘standard’ lens for the OM system at the moment but I have just acquired a Zuiko MC Auto-S 50mm f/1.4 so that may be about to change…

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Marshall’s Lock, Codnor Park

Marshall's Lock, Codnor ParkMarshall’s Lock, Codnor Park
Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5, 1/60s, f8; – Kentmere Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10½ mins at 20°c.

Today’s pic is from the first roll through my my Olympus OM-2N since having it repaired last year by PPP Cameras and I’m so happy to have it back in action!

I do enjoy strolling beside canals, even when (as here) they’ve been abandoned for years… the Friends of the Cromford Canal do have long-term plans to restore this section though so perhaps one day I’ll be able to photograph boats here?

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.